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'SWEAR    2T   ?HE   HORN'

Sometimes as we journeyed across the prairies
we would sight another tribe moving towards us.
They would approach us cautiously, and then
they would stop and make a sign to us In the sign
language. That sign always asked us what tribe
we were. Our chief would make the sign for the
Blackfeet3 and then point toward the country in
which we lived. He would always follow this by
raising his right arm into the air5 hand open and
palm facing the strangers. This meant peace—•
an ancient symbol showing that he had no weapon
In his fighting hand.

Then the two chiefs would dismount, and walk
out to meet one another half-way between the
two tribes. They would exchange gifts of
tobacco., offer their lighted pipes to each other3
and then return to their tribes and resume their
journeys.

Though most of the North-Western tribes had
already signed peace treaties with the Govern-
ments of the United States and Canada, there was
one tribe of Indians with whom we were not yet
entirely peaceful. They were what our band
called the Okofoks band of the Isahpo—the Rock
Band of the Crows. Ancient feuds between us
were still harboured by our older people^ and
many times when we came upon this band on the
plains, there was trouble. While there was peace
between us and the other bands of this tribe,

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